August 17, 2009


HARVARD PROFESSOR JOSEPH NYE ON HARD AND SOFT POWER: 'It Is Pointless to Talk to Al-Qaida': Harvard professor Joseph Nye talks to SPIEGEL about America's role in the world, the change of strategy under US President Barack Obama and how his concept of soft power can be used to solve tough conflicts. (Der Spiegel, 8/17/09)

SPIEGEL: Is there a historical example where a milder form of power politics was really effective?

Nye: Think of the end of the Cold War. Not a single shot was fired. For decades, the American military was necessary to deter Soviet aggression and expansion. But it was mainly the soft-power elements which penetrated the Iron Curtain and made the people on the other side lose faith in their system.

Didn't communism fail mostly because they tried it and it didn't work? Are we really going to let al Qaeda run its experiment somewhere?

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 17, 2009 6:26 AM
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